It doesn’t matter whether you are in a car or a motorcycle; your Cullman attorney wants to see that everyone can be safe on the roads as the weather gets warmer. There are far too many motorcycle accidents that happen simply because people are not aware of motorcycles on the road. Motorcycle injuries carry far more fatalities than any other mode of transportation, so it is important that motorcyclists are also very cautious on the road. Here are a few tips to ensure safety for everyone on the road.
Before You Drive
Motorcycles are seasonal vehicles, so it is important that you check to make sure everything works before you even venture out on the road. Some of the areas that you should check include the following:
- Brake lights
- Signal lights
- Oil levels
- Cables and wires should be checked for wear or fraying
- The chain should be well-lubed
- Mirrors should be intact and adjusted
By going over your motorcycle to check for any damage and performing proper maintenance, you can make sure that you won’t have an accident on the road.
What to Wear
When you get on the road, there are also some safety tips that you should follow. First and foremost, you should always ride with a helmet that fits correctly. If you choose to purchase a helmet second-hand, you need to make sure it will not fall off in the event of an accident. Also, once a helmet has been in an accident, it should be destroyed. Never buy or use a helmet that has been compromised in an accident.
You should always wear pants when you are riding a motorcycle. If you are in a crash, wearing pants and a jacket or long-sleeved shirt can prevent road rash.
Finally, wearing good shoes is important. The best kind of shoe for riding a motorcycle is a boot that covers your ankles. The boot won’t come off as you ride, and it also protects you in an accident.
On the Road Again
When you ride, you should always use common sense. Don’t weave in and out of traffic. Always follow the traffic rules, including the use of blinkers. Brake slowly so that you give cars behind you time to slow down.
If you obey all of these tips, you will be safer on the road and protected in the event of a collision. If you or someone you love has been injured in a motorcycle accident, you may be eligible for compensation. Make an appointment with a Cullman attorney to discuss your rights.